Minnesota added 28.400 jobs last month, but that doesn't necessarily mean a recovery has taken hold.
"Minnesota added 28,400 jobs in August, largely related to laid-off state employees returning to work after the three-week government shutdown ended," the state Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday.
Better news: initial claims for unemployment benefits were 19,625 in August, which is the fewest in three years, according to the new figures.
The state's jobless rate remained unchanged from July at 7.2 percent.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.